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chief

adjective Principal, main, see Chief complaint. noun
1. Chief of service, see there.
2. Chief of staff, see there.
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By my first ancestor if it is not one of their great chiefs," he said, "and we were told that slaves and criminals were to play for the stake of this game.
Nez Perce camp A chief with a hard name The Big Hearts of the East Hospitable treatment The Indian guides Mysterious councils The loquacious chief Indian tomb Grand Indian reception An Indian feast Town-criers Honesty of the Nez Perces The captain's attempt at healing.
A few of the principal chiefs have decent suits of English clothes; but these are only worn on great occasions.
This honest expedient immediately removed the main difficulty; but the chief deferred all trading for a day or two; until he should have time to consult with his subordinate chiefs as to market rates; for the principal chief of a village, in conjunction with his council, usually fixes the prices at which articles shall be bought and sold, and to them the village must conform.
Later in the day a deputation of Rewa chiefs waited upon John Starhurst.
The chief extended his arm and taking the other by the wrist, they once more exchanged friendly salutations.
Two other chiefs there were with whom I had it in my mind to speak, and where are they now?
thought the chief justice; and, in the bitterness of his heart, he shook his fist at the famous hall.
This was so obviously the right thing to say for an officer of Chief Inspector Heat's reputation that it was perfectly delightful.
The chief offered him a hut, but Tarzan, from past experience of native dwellings, preferred the open air, and, further, he had plans of his own that could be better carried out if he remained beneath the tree.
They have an idea that what is not seen by others is not important, but with us the rooms we live in are our chief delight and care, and we pay no attention to outside show.
So the chief of police ordered a gallows to be erected, and sent criers to proclaim in every street in the city that a Christian was to be hanged that day for having killed a Mussulman.